KUALA LUMPUR – Season 9 of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) is about to begin this November 16th 2018. As opposed to the 9 teams last year, the current season will instead feature 10 teams playing for the champion’s title.

With the addition of an extra team compared to last season, each team will now have to play a total of 26 games in the regular season, 13 home and 13 away – 6 more games than they played last season (20 games).

This also means more teams will be through to the playoffs – the top 8 teams of the regular season will play a best of 3 series to enter the finals where the top 2 will have a best of 5 for the title.

Ten teams from 10 different countries, featuring 2 new ones, the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors from China and the Macau Black Bears.

Zhuhai Wolf Warriors

The Wolf Warriors are a new team based in Zhuhai, which is on the southern coast of Guangdong, China. Their home court will be at Jinan University in Zhuhai.

They will be forming their team from China’s massive talent pool of basketball players.

General Manager David Chu of the Warriors said when recruiting his players, “I think we have a slight advantage since I have been following the ABL closely. I have seen the level of players from the top teams and I just need to get players that are equal or better than them.

Macau Black Bears

The Macau Black Bears are actually a rebrand of Chong Son Kung Fu, one of ABL’s playoff semi-finalist last season. They finished their regular season last year besting and breaking the ABL’s record with 15-5.

Last year’s World Import Most Valuable Player (MVP), Anthony Tucker and his teammate, Mikh McKinney, the MVP for Heritage Imports of the Chong Son Kung Fu will play for the Black Bears this new season.

Returning to the league are defending champions Alab Pilipinas (Philippines) and Mono Vampire (Thailand) who went head-to-head in last season’s playoff finals where Alab emerged as the winners (3-2).

The other 6 teams include our causeway rivals – Singapore Slingers, Saigon Heat of Vietnam, CLS Knights Indonesia, Formosa Dreamers from Taiwan, semi-finalist Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team that finished 14-6 in the regular season, and of course the KL Dragons.

Officially, Dragons have signed a new head coach, Jamie Pearlman and fan favourite Chris Eversley for the upcoming season.

Coming back from the 2018 Sukma Games in Perak, Coach Jamie says, “The Malaysian basketball culture is very strong at a grassroots level as I’ve just witnessed. For this, my expectation for the upcoming season for our team (Dragons) is for us to play a very team based basketball alongside being a strong defensive unit.

The league will officially start off with Zhuhai Wolf Warriors and Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team facing off at Zhuhai Jinan University on the 16th (November).

Dragons’ first 3 games are played away, starting from:

November 23 2018 versus Singapore Slingers
December 7 2018 versus Zhuhai Wolf Warriors
December 9 2018 versus Saigon Heat

Our home games will start in 2019:

January 2 2019 versus Saigon Heat
January 6 2019 versus Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Team
January 9 2019 versus Alab Pilipinas
January 13 2019 versus Zhuhai Wolf Warriors

With more games meaning tighter schedule, teams will be forced to play back-to-back games, to keep track of when the games are played, our full season schedule can be found on our website:

Asean Basketball League 2018-2019